The Effects On Terrorism And The Evils Of Social Media

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Aly Keller
Mrs. Bellettiere
American Literature
20 December 2016 Evils of Social Media How many times does the average person think or hear about terrorism? The answer is way too often, even from scrolling on social media pages and looking in the daily newspapers. Americans everyday see disturbing pictures and videos that are taken from news reports to show the horrific attacks that the Middle East causes on the world. Terrorism is taking over social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Along with CNN and ABC, terrorism is getting all the advertisement and propaganda that they desire. Terrorism is infiltrating American society from social media. ISIS loves to use Twitter and social media to launch propaganda and recruit supporters
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They want Americans to be angry at their government and to go against their government. They want them to feel helpless that the American government is not doing anything to protect them from the life threatening attacks from terrorists and third world countries (Levin 6). Unfortunately, before the attack on September 11th, 2001 most people do not think about terrorism as often as they do now (Levin 1). When Americans are asked what they think of when they hear the word terrorism; they usually think of mass shootings, planes crashing, and suicide bombings (Levin 1). ISIS is the biggest threat to Americans since Al-Qaeda in 1988 (Hearts and Minds and ISIS: The Terrorists Win When We Attack Each Other). ISIS posted a video on Twitter on February 2015 of them burning alive an innocent Jordanian pilot (Poe). Terrorist attacks can happen anywhere in the world, not just in the United States. Ranging from the Middle East to South America and from Europe to the United States (Currie 8). Poe explained that, James Foley, an American journalist was captured by ISIS. On August 2014, ISIS posted a video on Twitter of them beheading James Foley. This left all of the United States and the world in complete …show more content…
Most Americans think that attack on September 11th was the first time that the World Trade Center was ever bombed. However, on February 1993, terrorists set a bomb in the underground parking garage that killed six people and injured over one thousand (Levin 11). September 11th will always be known as the one of the worst terrorist attacks in American history. Nineteen suicide bombers carried out the massive attack (Currie 6) The nineteen suicide bombers who flew the planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11th, were planning that attack for over twenty years (Levin 8). Currie said, that during September 11th film cameras and cell phones caught the footage of the planes crashing into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. After the horrific attack on 9/11 almost every American became scared to ride on an airplane. Homeland Security was increased significantly because of 9/11. Jack Levin, author of Domestic Terrorism, wrote that the terrorists from Syria who did the bombings on 9/11 felt justified that the United States was protesting their policies around the world. Americans agree that their is no justification for killing thousands of innocent people. Levin said, that exactly nine hundred and eleven days after 9/11 on March 11th 2004, Al Qaeda set off a series of bombs on various trains in Madrid Spain, killing one hundred and ninety one innocent people and injuring over 1,500. The

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